In Memory of John "Jack" Webster

A Public Visitation, facemasks and social distancing required

10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Saturday March 6, 2021
St. Francis Catholic Church
231 West Woodworth
Ellsworth WI, 54011

Private Mass of Christian Burial for family

12:00 pm
Saturday March 6, 2021
St. Francis Catholic Church
231 West Woodworth
Ellsworth WI, 54011

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John Robert Webster “Jack” passed away on March 2, 2021, at his home surrounded by family following a brief illness.  Jack, 68, was born on April 2, 1952 to Robert and Elizabeth (Klecker) Webster.  Jack was the eldest of 8 living children to Bob and Betty, and spent his entire life living on the Webster family farm, farming with his parents and then with his brothers Ron and Brian.  Jack attended school briefly at Hillcrest Elementary School in Ellsworth and then Lindgren Elementary for special needs students.  He was a member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church (Clayfield), where as a teenager he received the sacrament of First Holy Communion under the tutelage of Father George Hardy and Mary Litursky.  With the closing of Clayfield in 1988, Jack became a member of St. Francis Catholic Church in Ellsworth.

Jack was a participant of the Communication Disorders program at the University of Wisconsin – River Falls, under the direction of Dr. Mike Harris PhD., beginning in the fall of 1982 until the pandemic hit last year.  The students of the program would work with Jack weekly during the school year on cognitive, diction, and life skills.  Jack would teach the students about the beauty of life as well.  Jack never met a stranger whether it was at school, church, or the grocery store.  He always appreciated all who visited and cared for him.  He had a fascinating love for school buses his entire life.  Most of all, he loved his family and friends, his priests, dog Duke, 4-wheeler, and Cub Cadet mower.  The front yard will miss his undivided attention.

Jack is survived by 7 brothers and sisters, Dr. Rita Webster, PhD, Minneapolis, MN; Dianne (Terry) Foley, Williamsburg, IA; Ronald (Karen) Webster, Ellsworth; Sharon Foley, Brookings, SD; Mary Jo (Barry) Kruse, Zumbrota, MN; Bruce (Jill) Webster, Overland Park, KS; and Brian (Kim) Webster, Bay City, WI; his aunts Barb Klecker, Ellsworth; and Mary Socha, Cecil, WI; along with 23 nieces and nephews and 15 great nieces and nephews.

Jack was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Elizabeth Webster, stillborn infant brother born Jan 9, 1973, maternal grandparents, Leon and Regina (Langer) Klecker, paternal grandparents, Edward and Anna (Hager) Webster; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.

A public visitation, with facemasks and social distance requirements due to COVID, will be held from 10:00am – 12:00pm on Saturday, March 6, 2021 at St. Francis Catholic Church, 231 Woodworth St., Ellsworth.   For family members, a private Celebration of Life Funeral Mass officiated by Father David Olson will take place at 12:00 pm.  Facemasks also required. The Mass will be livestreamed to   Burial will be at Our Lady of Perpetual Help (Clayfield) Cemetery, Ellsworth Township.   In lieu of flowers to honor Jack, the family prefers memorials to St. Francis Catholic School.

Funeral services have been entrusted to the O’Connell-Benedict Funeral Home of Ellsworth (715) 273-4421.

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  • Very nice man, I hauled milk for the family, he would be there to help and visit. The world would be a better place if everyone was as kind as Jack.

  • I came across Jack’s obituary and bus tribute on Facebook and it brought a tear to my eye. I used to ride Roger Hines’ bus 10 as an elementary school student. There were many many days when we stopped to pick up Jack as he was traveling between the house and the farm by Clayfield church. I’ll never forget his infectious smile, the joy he brought to our bus, and the fun banter between he and Roger. Being nearly 40 now, I had all but forgotten those bus rides and seeing Jack’s big smile on my computer screen just brought it all back. I’m so sorry for your loss, what a very special man! Sending love to Jack’s family & friends.

  • Sorry to hear about Jack. I love how he loved to see you. His smile and hand shake. The farm won’t be the same anymore. My heart and prayers go out to the family.

  • A Conversation with Jack-
    You walk into the room, and there he is, in his windbreaker. He spots you across the room and a smile comes across his face. “Hey, how you been”. The right hand come out as he tilts his head toward you.
    There are no strangers in a room when Jack is around. He greets them all, large and small, animals as well.
    “You come see me?” “Yes, Jack”, I reply, and the smile gets larger.
    And before you can even think to say or ask anything, the story starts, “You wanna hear a funny one?” “Uptown the other day…” “You know my favorite bus number?”
    Someone walks in and says, “Jack, I need some help with..” and the classic line comes out-
    “Too old to cut the mustard”. A brief pause. I notice him looking me over and I realize it’s because we are truly kindred spirits when it comes to our drink of choice- Diet Pepsi.
    “Yep, Jack, I got one for you!”
    Jack pats my back and says, “You’re my best friend”. I wish I had a nickel for how many times he told me that when I didn’t have a Diet Pepsi. It never seemed to matter.
    We sit quiet for a little while watching an old Andy Griffith show. Jack points at the TV and begins to tell me about what Barney did. I can tell he enjoys it even if he’s seen that episode many times before.
    After it’s over, I ask Jack if he would like to go out to eat. Now I have his attention. “Where would you like to go, Jack, McDonalds?”
    Must be the wrong choice, 1 hand out and shakes right to left slowly. “Perkins?”
    Got it right this time. 2 hands. Both shake right to left quickly. Jack speak for I’m excited.
    Jack needs to get a new hat for the trip. He gets out his brand-new red hat. I ask, “Where’d you get the red hat, Jack?”. He answered, “I wore a green one to the IH Dealer”.
    We get loaded up and make the drive to Perkins in a roundabout path by each of the people’s houses that Jack knows. It’s not important to stop. It’s just important to check each one out.
    We get to the restaurant and are seated, and Jack says, “I sit by you”. Simple but beautiful.

    Jack treated everyone as his friend and greeted them all with a handshake. He was happy with simple things. He was clever in many ways that count, especially with people.
    I will miss my good friend-

  • So sorry to hear of Jack’s passing. Always enjoyed visiting with him. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  • Our sincere sympathy to your entire family with the loss of Jack. He was always a pleasure to see & always had a warm greeting for us & loved to visit. It was a pleasure to know him. May God Bless you all.

  • Sorry to hear of Jack’s passing. He was always a joy when you would
    bring him with to the Locker to visit.
    Rest in peace Jack Bob & Picksey Watkins